Co-Executive Director Srinivas Aluru
Srinivas Aluru, IDEaS Co-Executive Director
Dr. Aluru co-directs the Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS), and co-leads the NSF South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub which serves 16 Southern States and Washington D.C. He facilitates academic and industrial partnerships, participates in national initiatives, and is responsible for serving as an initial point of contact to discuss research to forge partnerships and collaborations. Dr. Aluru is a professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He conducts research in high performance computing, large-scale data analysis, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms.
Co-Executive Director Dana Randall
Dana Randall, IDEaS Co-Executive Director
Dr. Randall co-directs the Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). She facilitates academic and industrial partnerships, participates in national initiatives, and is responsible for serving as an initial point of contact to discuss research to forge partnerships and collaborations. Dr. Randall is also the ADVANCE Professor of Computing and an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research in randomized algorithms and stochastic processes bridges computer science, discrete mathematics and statistical physics.
Renata Rawlings-Goss, IDEaS Director of Industry Engagement
Dr. Rawlings-Goss is responsible for interfacing with industry to cultivate industrial partnerships and embedded innovations labs, organizing workshops, retreats on topics relevant to emerging initiatives, job fairs, and numerous other activities. She builds bridges between industry and IRI activities. Renata brings rich experience in Big Data technology and policy from the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During her tenure, she co-led inter-agency Big Data initiatives and led the formation of the National Data Science Organizers group. She is a biophysicist and her scientific work, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was focused on biophysics, bioinformatics and next-generation genomics research. She also plays the lead role in managing the NSF South Big Data Innovation Hub from Georgia Tech. Dr. Rawlings-Goss has a Ph.D. in Biophysics.
Jennifer Salazar, IDEaS Director of Communication and Grant Writing
Dr. Salazar is responsible for all science writing, technical writing, marketing, PR, and other communication efforts for the IRI. She is a media and scientific communication professional whose background includes science writing, technical writing, proposal preparation, writing for leadership, outreach, public relations, teaching, and molecular systematics research. She has worked on large, interdisciplinary projects for academic and government institutions such as Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and numerous other institutions through collaborations. She has been a board-certified instructor of secondary Chemistry and Biotechnology, and has studied curriculum design. Dr. Salazar has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, and a B.S in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism.
Shkina Halbert, Sr. Administrative Professional
Shkina Halbert joined IDEaS in 2016 to provide Administrative support. She has over seven years of experience in the administrative field. She previously work at a successful immigration law firm that assisted the top partners of the company. She primarily handles scheduling and travel, workshop set-up details, duties in the office, and various other administrative tasks to support the team. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in history.
Charmain Alston, Sr. Grants Administrator
Charmain M. Alston is the senior grants administrator for IDEaS. She joined the team in 2017 with more than 26 years of experience in the federal government, and 18 years of experience with proposal and financial administration at the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate. She is also currently obtaining her BBS with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management.
Kendra Lewis-Strickland, Program Coordinator
Kendra Lewis-Strickland joined IDEaS in 2018 to provide project and program operational support for industry engagements and the South Big Data Hub. Her role includes planning and monitoring program operational aspects, marketing and communication efforts, and numerous additional activities. She has over eight years of higher education experience in various student services roles at public, private, and research institutions. She has a B.A from Missouri Science & Technology, an MS from Missouri State University, and is currently earning her EdD in Organizational Leadership/Higher Education from Grand Canyon University.